Reed diffusers are an easy and economical way to add scent to your home. Because they don’t generate heat, such as oil warmers and candles do, you can set them anywhere around the house. The reeds soak up scented oils and expose them to the air, gently infusing the aroma into the room. Although commercial kits are easy to find, making your own reed diffuser gives you a wider choice of scents and containers.
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Things you need
- Glass or glazed ceramic vase or container
- Essential oil
- Jojoba oil
- Rattan reeds
Choose a diffuser vase. This can be any glass or glazed ceramic container that is deep enough to hold the reeds upright. Containers such as flower vases, drinking glasses, decorative creamer vases or small glass bottles work well.
Combine one part essential oil to two parts jojoba oil. Make enough scented oil to nearly fill your vase. You can use one essential oil or create a custom blend.
Pour the scented oil into the vase, stopping an inch from the top.
Insert several reeds into the vase, fanning them out at the top. Natural rattan reeds work the best for diffusing scents. The number of reeds you use is a matter of personal taste, as the more reeds you use, the stronger the aroma. Start with 15 reeds for large rooms and five reeds for smaller rooms, such as bathrooms.
Wait for the oil to wick up the reeds and begin diffusing. This can take as long as 48 hours.
Turn the reeds over in the vase every few days for a fresh burst of scent.
Tips and warnings
- You can add small amounts of perfumer’s alcohol if your scented oil is too thick or is not dispersing any scent. Add a little at a time, stirring with the reeds after each addition, until the oil is thin enough to wick into the reeds.
- Add glass marbles to your diffuser vase to help hold the reeds in place.
- Aromatic oils can be damaging to certain surfaces, especially varnished wood. Avoid accidental damage to surfaces by placing your diffuser on a coaster or small plate. Move your diffuser to a safe place when turning the reeds to prevent damage caused by oil drips.
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